Highlights of Hochul’s State of the State, responses submitted to Press Releases

Highlights of Hochul’s State of the State, responses submitted (Associated Press Releases)

Gov. Kathy Hochul offered her State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan 10th 2023 05:50 pm.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announces major public safety initiatives & investments to drive down gun violence, and violent crime.

Hochul announced major public safety initiatives and investments, expanding proven programs and services to further drive down gun violence and other violent crime, reduce recidivism, address the flow of deadly fentanyl and improve the efficacy of the court system, which was disrupted by the pandemic.

The governor is proposing a comprehensive plan to expand the number of New York State Police community stabilization units, bolster trooper participation in federal task forces, and increase the ranks of the State Police by offering an unprecedented four academy classes.

Hochul is also proposing to double funding for the state’s nationally recognized Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative, more than triple aid to prosecution grants to the state’s 62 district attorneys’ offices, and invest record funding in alternatives to incarceration and reentry programs to reduce recidivism, increase opportunity for individuals returning home after serving prison sentences, improve quality of life in neighborhoods and make communities safer.

“Public safety is my top priority,” Hochul said. “I am committed to using every tool at my disposal to protect the people of this state, crack down on gun violence and violent crime, and invest in proven solutions that keep New Yorkers safe.”

“In New York, we are committed to driving down crime, building safer neighborhoods, and breaking the cycles of recidivism,” Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado said. “These direct investments into our communities will keep New Yorkers safe and keep our state moving forward.”

The governor’s new investment will allow the New York State Police, Division of Criminal Justice Services, and Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to expand funding, programs and services that have been proven to make a difference. Hochul also will work with the Legislature to clarify the state’s bail laws in order to restore confidence in our criminal justice system.

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